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Chain removal for cleaning???????

I took the clamp off the link and can't the link off. How do get the darn thing off? Thanks
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

Why don't you just use a Grunge brush?
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

Wash it gently with diesel fuel and a medium soft brush. Dry with an old towel. This method cleans the dirt out of the O-rings and from between the links without affecting the o-rings or washing out the built-in lubricants, as can happen with solvent-based cleaners (like WD40). The little bit of residual diesel will be flug off in the first mile or so.

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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

What about soaking it in kerosene? It's in bad shape and would like to take it off.
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

kerosene and diesel are kissing cousins. A PT6 will run on either.... It will work just fine!

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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

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I took the clamp off the link and can't the link off. How do get the darn thing off? Thanks

But how do I get the master link off to take the chain off?
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

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But how do I get the master link off to take the chain off?
I use a small chisel to lift the link from the pins.
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

The master link is pressed on with a tool that mushrooms the pins. You have to buy special tools to do the job. One tool presses the pins out,the other tool mushrooms the new master link on. I would just clean it on the bike. W-d and a brush or kero. Alot easier then removing the chain. IMO
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

I believe he has a clip-type master link. If you used a chain wax (like Maxima) you just re-lube a warm chain, wipe it off with a rag and spray it once more. The solvents in the spray loosen and carry the dirt off. When you are done its lubed and clean, nothing to fly off. Its so easy that if more people did that, these threads would never get posted.

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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

When I took the chain off I baught a new master link for 4$ and just cut the old one by buffing the head of the pins on the master link. To clean my chain, I just remove the chain from the sprockets and dip it in diesel after a couple of minutes, turn the chain so to soak the other portion. Brush it or cut the master link

Keep the rubber side down!

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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

Ok, that makes more sense. I appreciate all your inputs!!
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

If you're going to go to the trouble to remove the chain why not replace it? The clip style master link is not nearly as secure as the pressed on type. I for one wouldn't trust it on any high performance bike. If it can't be cleaned with some WD-40 and a rag it has probably been neglected to the point of replacement anyway.

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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

I can't imagine removing a chain to clean it. I use an old rag soaked in Kerosene, then lube the chain normally. Maybe I'm just lazy.
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

It worked just fine. Looks almost new again. I couldn't get the clip back on the master link all the way, so I'll be buying another link and have the shop put it on since I don't have the tools. I looked at the tool last night on-line, but wanted to get it done today. Thanks for the help!
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Re: Chain removal for cleaning???????

An easy way to soak the chain without removing it from the bike is to remove rear wheel. Then let the chain hang down inside the swingarm. It will be long enough to reach a pan. Soak/clean it a section at a time.
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